• A group of young gamers play at a center in Tehran on the International Tabletop Day in 2017.

    On the occasion of International Tabletop Day (ITTD) which is celebrated in over 70 countries on April 28, the Mind Sports Forum at Iran Sport for All Federation has planned a nationwide program a day earlier in 24 cities where people can get together at 44 venues on Friday and have fun playing tabletop games for free all day.
    ITTD is a worldwide celebration of tabletop gaming, launched by Geek & Sundry, a US-based multimedia production company, in 2012.
    Tabletop games experienced a substantial growth in the 1990s especially in Europe and countries such as Germany. After the turn of the millennium, the board gaming industry registered significant expansion, with companies producing a rising number of new games for a growing audience worldwide.
    This is the third year ITTD is celebrated in Iran. The number of gamers who attended the programs scheduled for the day doubled from 1,000 in 2016 to 2,000 a year later. Also last year, only seven cities hosted the event while the number has increased to 24 now. 
    Besides Tehran with 11 places (board game cafes, coffee shops and restaurants) this year, cities including Isfahan, Karaj, Tabriz, Mashhad, Abadan, Ahvaz, Shiraz, Kerman, Sari, Bandar Abbas and Hamedan have also joined the program.
    Among the places in Tehran that will welcome gamers on Friday are Café Geek, Café Board and Fekrkade, a center presenting tabletop games.

Art And Culture

Iran art and culture news, Read the most current stories about art and culture in Iran including exhibition, movies, theatre and music news. 

  • Black Daughter, Mother White
    The comedy drama ‘Secrets and Lies’ will have one screening at Iranian Artists Forum on April 30.  
  • Dogs in Paintings
    A group of painters have selected the subject of ‘Dog’ for their collective project underway at Shokouh Art Gallery. Visitors will see this loyal human companion in each of the paintings. Dog...
  • Tehran Putrefied
    Saless Art gallery in Tehran is displaying a series of post-apocalyptic paintings by Zahra Qiasi. It is the second solo show by Qiasi, who is a translator of visual art books and a professional...
  • Mystery of Teen’s Death
    Cinematheque of Qolhak Cineplex on April 28 will show the 2017 neo-western mystery ‘Wind River’...  
  • Visual Anthropology  of Sistan
    University of Tehran will host an exhibition of documentary photographs of the people in Sistan and Baluchestan Province. Titled ‘As Bright as Sistan’s Sun, as Warm as Baluchestan’s Embrace,’ the...
  • Mohasses, Farmanfarmaian Artworks Under the Hammer at Sotheby’s London
    Sotheby’s London held an auction titled ‘20th Century Art / Middle East’ on April 24 concluding an...
  • Poster Exhibition  in Arak
    Graphic designer Mehdi Fatehi is showing his collection of posters at Mandegar Art Gallery in Arak, capital of Markazi Province. Fatehi’s exhibition, titled ‘Present Perfect’, will open Friday (...
  • A group of young gamers play at a center in Tehran on the International Tabletop Day in 2017.
    On the occasion of International Tabletop Day (ITTD) which is celebrated in over 70 countries on April 28, the Mind Sports Forum at Iran Sport for All Federation has planned a nationwide program a...
  • Batik Paintings in Fereshteh Gallery
    Fereshteh Gallery in Tehran will hold a show of batik paintings by Mehrasa Gheibi from April 27. To make batik works, selected areas of a piece of cloth are blocked out by brushing or drawing hot...
  • Ghazali’s Theatrical Piece on Women  in Germany
    Praxis Theater Group from Tehran is to take one of its most acclaimed works ‘I’m a Woman, Can You Hear Me?’ on stage on April 26 in Karlsruhe, southwest Germany, as part of the biennial cultural...
  • A total of 110 cinema students from 32 countries participated  in this year’s workshops.
    The Dar ul-Funun (Talent Campus) section of the 36th Fajr International Film Festival came to...  
  • Trip to Film Studios
    Tiwall, one of the known platforms for cultural events, has planned a trip to Ghazzali Cinema Town, 14km west of Tehran. Visitors of the tour on Friday will walk through the settings, places and...
  • 19th Century Calligraphy Exhibition
    Dall Art Gallery in Tehran will celebrate calligraphy from the Qajar era (1786-1925) with an exhibition to open May 2. The exhibition will show 40 calligraphies by renowned 19th century master...
  • One of the Olden Streets
    Zhiwaar Tour has organized a short trip to an old street in south Tehran built in 1867. Molavi Street was paved in the reign of Nasser al-Din Shah of the Qajar dynasty who gave Tehran a new...
  • A sample of Sa’adi’s Bustan/ Golestan’s manuscript in nastaliq
    As one of its periodical exhibits, the library of Niavaran Cultural Historic Complex in Tehran is displaying two precious Persian manuscripts.  ‘Gulistan’ and ‘Bustan’, the two major works of...
  • Tavakoli Will Make Film  on Life of G.R. Takhti
    After a big win at the 36th Fajr Film Festival (February 1-11), director Bahram Tavakoli is preparing for his next feature film. His last film ‘The Lost Strait’ won top prizes of the festival...
  • World Book Day Celebrated in Kashan
    World Book Day (also known as International Day of the Book) is a yearly event held on April 23 and organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. It was celebrated for the first...
  • Film on Koolbar Girl  at Cannes  Film Market
    Iranian film ‘Kejal’ directed by Nima Yar and produced by Javad Norouz-Beigi will be screened at Cannes Film Market, May 8-17. According to Honaronline, Kejal portrays a young ‘koolbar’ girl living...
  • Demise of the Soviet Union
    Neyestan Publication in Tehran will soon release the Persian translation of a book from the winner of 2015 Noble Prize in literature, Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich. Titled ‘Secondhand...
  • A scene from the play
    Periodontist, painter, author and set designer Maziar Shahzad-Dowlatshahi has staged his debut play which is based on a work by Argentine-Chilean-American playwright Ariel Dorfman. Dowlatshahi’s...
  • Mina Sadati Wins Award at Beijing Festival
    The 8th Beijing International Film Festival concluded on April 22 announcing the winners with Iranian actress Mina Sadati receiving the best supporting actress award for her performance in ‘Searing...
  • Cover of the book
    A book on the late auteur Abbas Kiarostami and his cinema was unveiled Monday at the Cinema and...
  • Stage Reading Festival at Amir Kabir University
    Namava Theater Festival, organized by Amir Kabir University of Technology, is underway from the weekend at the varsity in Tehran. It features stage reading of 17 plays written by students from...
  • Life in Foreign Lands
    Tehran-based Negah Publishing and Bookstore has released a Persian rendering of ‘Strange Pilgrims’ by Noble Prize winner, Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014). Safdar Taqizadeh...
  • The color of soil on this small island varies from place to place and shines under the warm sun of Persian Gulf.
    An episodic film on Hormuz Island in the southern province of Hormuzgan is to be produced by six known directors. ‘Tales of Hormuz’ is suggested as the title of the film. It will be in six...